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Bishop J. M. WALDEN, D. D., Chattanooga. 


Prop. DAVID A. BOLTON, A. M., Athens. 




Term Expires 1887. 

Rev. John F. Spence, S. T. D. Maj. J. H. Hornsby. 

Rev. J. A. Ruble. Prop. D. A. Bolton. 

Rev. R. J. Cooke, D. D. Rev. J. K. P. Marshall. 

Term Expires 1888. 

Bishop J. M. Walden, D. D. Rev. T. R. West. 

Col. J. E. Bryant. Rev. T. C. Carter, D. D. 

Rev. J. W. Mann, D. D. Rev. J. J. Manker, D. D. 

Mitchell Gaston, Esq. 

Term Expires 1889. 

Bishop W. F. Mallalieu, D. D. James R. Gettys, Esq. 

Rev. R. S. Rust, D. D. Hon. J. W. Ramsey. 

E. H. Matthews, Esq. Rev. J. S. Petty. 


J. F. Spence, Chairman. D. A. Bolton, Secretary. 

J. R. Gettys. J. H. Hornsby. 

E. H. Matthews. 


JOHN F. SPBNCB, S. T. D., President, 

Professor op Mental and Moral Science. 

DAVID A. BOLTON, A. M., Vice-President, 

Professor of Pure and Applied Mathematics. 


Professor of Theology and Biblical Literature. 

WM. A. WRIGHT, A. M., 

Professor of Ancient Languages and Literature. 

BYRON W. McLAIN, A. M., Ph. D., 

Professor of Natural Science. 

L. B. CALDWELL, Ph. D., 

Professor of Agriculture and Applied Chemistry. 

Mrs. A. C. KNIGHT, A. M., 

Professor of English Literature, French and German. 

Mrs. CORA B. GRAY, Ph. B., 

Instructor in Instrumental Music. 

Mrs. R. E. HAGEY, 

Teacher of Vocal Music. 


Teacher of Book-keeping and Penmanship. 





At the close of the war there was no institution in all the 
Central South that offered the higher forms of learning to the 
great mass of whites, known as the non-slave-holding or middle 
class, who had been loyal to the United States Government dur- 
ing the great conflict. 

To meet this felt want, the institution now bearing the name of 
Grant Memorial University was established; and in 1867 
was chartered with full University powers by the Legislature of 
the Commonwealth of Tennessee. For the upbuilding of this 
school, amid the poverty and desolation made by the war, that 
quiet, modest, magnanimous man, General U. S. Grant, gave the 
first cash donation, his well-known signature appearing at the 
head of the list. Because of this fact, and because the friends 
of General Grant, the families of more than 75,000 Union sol- 
diers in the Central South, desire to perpetuate his memory, this 
living monument to his name is being more fully and broadly 

The property of this University consists of lands, buildings 
and other assets, valued at $50,000. Five hundred acres of land 
near the University campus have been secured for the purpose of 
establishing an industrial school with three departments, viz. : 
Agriculture, Carpentry and Machinery. 

The Trustees, feeling the imperative need of such a school, are 
seeking to secure for each of these departments $10,000, as an 
endowment fund, so that students living in the mountainous sec- 
tions and of meager circumstances shall have placed within their 
reach, not only a literary training, but the opportunity of prac- 
tical industry, and thus be enabled to go forth from the halls of 
the University skilled mechanics. Many of these students are 
the children of those who fell in the defense of the nation's life. 
They are poor, but this door of opportunity opens, and with glad 
hearts they will enter the industrial departments. 

The location of the University is the very best. In the dis- 
tance on either side mountains lift their majestic heads into the 
clouds, while their very bosoms are bursting with the richest of 
mineral treasures. These mountains and valleys are swept by 
health-supporting breezes, creating a climate unsurpassed on the 
continent for purity of atmosphere, richness of sunshine, fragrance 
of flowers, and mildness of temperature. 

Athens, the seat of the University, is located on one of the 
great trunk railways from the North-east to the South-west, forty 
miles from the State line of Georgia, and thirty miles from the 
mountains of North Carolina. 

During the past nineteen years many educated youths have 
gone forth from the halls of this institution, who have taken high 
rank in the South as leaders of society. Over three thousand 
students have been matriculated, and her alumni are found in 
almost every State of the Union, and also in foreign fields as 

More than fifty ministers and one thousand teachers have been 
trained within her halls. There is no institution in all the South 
that has done more in the past nineteen years for young people 
in moderate circumstances. 

Grant Memorial University has an average annual enrollment 
of two hundred and fifty students, and a scholastic gymnasia of 
several seminaries, with an annual attendance of at least six hun- 
dred preparatory students. The possibilities of this institution 
cannot be overestimated. 

No man more clearly than General Grant saw and appreciated 
the one supreme figure of the war — The Common Soldier. No 
man after the conflict had ceased was more keenly alive, or better 
understood the interests and wants of the masses, and that a repub- 
lican form of government can only abide with the intelligence of 
the common people. 

In April, 1867, when the plans for the establishment of the 
University were presented to General Grant, he said: ' % I want 
to help the class of people for which the school is being estab- 
lished, for I believe a Christian education among the masses in 
the Central South is now a necessity." 

We are now laboring to successfully build this living monument 
to the memory of this Great Man — a monument in which 
there shall be no displacement of cap-stone or foundation, but 

standing an intellectual and moral light-house to the nation, upon 
the heights of which Grant's exalted character shall be trans- 
figured for ever. 

We close this brief statement by appealing to you in the name 
750,000 White men living South of Mason and Dixon's line 
that cannot read the ballots they cast, and on behalf of 3,000,000 
more of Whites in the same territory, over ten years of age, 
groping in the darkness of intellectual illiteracy. 

If humanly possible, aid us in this great undertaking. Place 
at least to your name "one brick" in this living monument, and 
help to wreathe it with your love of patriotism and Christian edu- 
cation. No other human instrumentality can do so much toward 
brushing away the bitter thoughts of the past, of harmonizing 
the discordant elements, and cementing into one great bond of 
fraternity this whole nation. 

Perpetual Scholarship. 

The Board of Regents agree to give to any person donating 
$ 1000 a beautiful certificate, acknowledging a perpetual scholar- 
ship in the institution in the name of the donor, the interest on 
that amount being sufficient to pay the tuition, incidentals and 
room-rent for one student annually. 

All persons desiring to contribute to the upbuilding of this 
living monument to General Grant can do so at any time. Direct 
all gifts to the First National Bank of Athens, Tennessee, Treas- 
urer, or to the President, John F. Spence, D. D., who will return 
suitable receipts or certificates. 

All persons contributing one dollar or more will have their 
names and addresses placed in a large register, kept in the archives 
of the University for this purpose. 



The following are extracts from addresses made at the cele- 
bration of the sixty-fourth anniversary of the birth of General 
Ulysses S. Grant, in Metropolitan Church, Washington, D. C, 
April 27, 1886. 

From the Address op Senator Joseph E. Brown, op Georgia. 

* * * * On a beautiful eminence, in a picturesque val- 
ley in East Tennessee, an institution of learning, bearing the name of 
General Grant, has been established for the education of poor boys, and 
this celebration, as I understand it, is partly for the benefit of Grant 
University. I cordially approve the objects of the founders of this 
institution. I believe it is well and ably conducted, and trust it may 
accomplish great results in the future. I fully indorse the enterprise, 
and commend it to the favorable consideration, not only of those who 
have attended this celebration, but of a generous public. May it 
grow as the fame of the great man whose name it bears grew, until 
its character is known and its benefits felt by the whole American 

Prom the Address op Senator John Sherman, op Ohio. 

* * * * What the new South wants now more than 
all else is education ! education ! ! education ! ! ! The statistics with 
which we have been made familiar recently in the debate in the Senate 
of illiteracy in the South, are appalling, but not much more so than was 
the condition of the Western States fifty years ago. The negroes being 
slaves were, of necessity, without education. The great mass of the 
white people were in the same condition, not because it was desired 
in the South, but because from the sparseness of the population and 
the existence of plantations instead of farms, it was difficult to establish 
a system of public schools. A change in this respect cannot be brought 
about suddenly ; but it is apparent that every Southern State appreciates 
the importance of education of both white and black. It is the bounden 
duty of the National Government to extend the aid of its large 
resources. If the a'ction of the Senate is sanctioned by the House, and 
fairly and justly executed by the people of the Southern States, there 
need be no danger from the ignorance of the next generation. I believe 
that these conditions will be the solution of the troubles of the South, 
and make a great step on the road to prosperity and union in the South. 



Now, but a few words in conclusion. It is not merely common school 
education in the South that is needed, but it is higher education. It is 
all the learning of the schools, all that science has taught, all that 
religion teaches, all that medicine has found in its alchemy, all the 
justice which the law points out and seeks to administer ; the South 
wants opportunity for that higher education which cannot be obtained 
from common schools, but which exists in no country except where 
common schools abound. It wants in its midst the places where the 
active leading young men of the South can gather in colleges and 
universities, and there gain that higher education which prepares them to 
be leaders among men. /I congratulate you, my countrymen, here in 
Washington, that, under the authority of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church, a Christian denomination, under the name of the illustrious y 

hero General Grant, there has been founded in the mountains of Ten- 
nessee, away up among the clouds and in the pure air of heaven, in the 
midst of a loyal and patriotic population, an institution of learning 
which will be a blessing to all the people of the South, and I trust to 
all the people of the North. Every aid possible should be showered 
from the North and South alike. Let them light their fires at this 
modern Athens upon the mountain top and they will shine forth all over 
our land, Here the young men of the South will fit themselves to lead 
in the march of progress and improvement, j They will learn to vary 
their production, to develop their resources, to advance every race and 
generation in education, intelligence and patriotism, and with charity 
broad enough to secure all their people of every race and tribe the 
peaceful and unquestioned enjoyment of their civil and political rights. 

From the Address of Senator Wm. M. Evarts, of New York. 

Mr. Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen: It is with great pleasure 
that I take part in this birthday celebration of the illustrious soldier, 
statesman, general and President, whose recent loss we lament, whose 
perpetual fame we shall always desire to celebrate. And not less it 
gives me pleasure to have a share in bestowing proper encomiums upon 
this Grant Memorial University, and expressing for its future our well- 
wishes that attend it. It has been said by the wisest of men that a 
good name is rather to be chosen than great riches ; and the framers of 
your new progressive establishment, your University, have displayed 
that wisdom when you have chosen the great and good name of Grant. 
(Applause.) It is better, if you cannot have both, than the great 
riches. But there is nothing to dissuade us, in the Scriptures, from 
hoping that, starting with a good name, we may also come, in our 
endowments, to great riches, and that we hope for in this new Grant 
Memorial University. ******** 


Now, for education, which Senator Sherman has so properly empha- 
sized in three repetitions. Why is education this great matter in human 
affairs? Why, especially, is it of vital importance in this free nation, 
and this free and equal society upon which the greatness of our nation 
has been built ? The wisest ancient philosopher, the one most quoted 
for wisdom in its application to our own time so remote from his own, 
Aristotle, said: "It is by education that I learn to do by choice what 
other men do from force." That, indeed, is the vital and central point 
for this immense population, this immense development of interest and 
intelligence : that we should do by choice what less favored nations must 
do through force. (Applause.) 

But education, when it is to be applied to great masses of population, 
is not to end with the school children, nor with the college gradu- 
ates. * * Education, indeed, means in the strict sense, 
developing the mind, forming the heart, opening the receptivities of 
nature. * * Thus we see that when we plan either in the philan- 
thropy of George Peabody or in the wise name that has been given to 
this nascent great University, we are consulting for the welfare, not of 
the South nor of the North, but of the people of the whole country, by 
education in tbat portion of the land that needs most to be brought up 
in fair relations with the rest of the country. We may talks about an 
Old South and a New South, but the true prospect and hope is that 
there will be no South and no North. (Applause.) When of one 
heart and of one mind, and permeated equally in all parts by these great 
vital impulses that I have indicated, we have no South, no North, no 
East, no West, but one heart and one mind, the heart and mind of the 
American people. (Applause.) 

And now, gentlemen and ladies, I have said that in the endowment of 
this University with the name of the illustrious Grant the University 
was fortunate. Let me say, also, that no monument more noble, more 
permanent, or more secure in the reverence of this people, could be 
chosen on which to inscribe the name of General Grant than this Uni- 
versity to bear on its front this illustrious name. This name shall be 
written in many forms on marble and on brass, on arches and on mauso- 
leums. But here this name shall be engraven on the fleshly tablets of the 
hearts of all the scholars of this University, and will be written in 
characters of living light all over the conduct and the careers, the names 
and the fame of all these educated men that shall .issue from Grant 
University, as the impulse and the energy of their lives. (Applause.) 

From the Address of Ex-Governor John D. Long, of Mass. 

* * * * My fellow-citizens, if any poor word of mine 
can avail anything, I desire to utter it, not in eulogy of General Grant, 


who needs none, but in aid of the Grant University of East Tennessee, 
which does need the helping hand and word of every one of us, and 
which honors the name it bears by the good work it is doing for the cause 
of education in the . South. There is something in a new university r 
limited in its resources, devoted to the education of young men of scant 
means, plowing the first deep furrows in a virgin soil, that appeals to the 
heart with a very pathos, and that awakens an interest which our older 
seats of learning, venerable with age and fame, and rich in resources, 
can never arouse. When they tell me of a poor boy in Georgia or 
from the Tennessee hills, already well along in years, going day after day 
and week after week almost in actual want, living on little else than that 
divine fire of the scholar's ambition and the freeman's instinct of the 
possession of undeveloped and untrained intellectual power ; when they 
tell me of that boy's sacrifices and self-denials, of his fulfilling his course 
in spite of all obstacles, of his eloquence flaming out on commencement- 
day, and of his later going forth into the communities of the new South 
to be a powerful element for good, for growth, and for the republic; when 
they multiply such an instance a hundred fold, aye, a thousand fold, aye, 
three thousand fold ; when I see such men as this sent out by such a 
university in solid battalions to fight the battles of the whole country, its 
battles of truth, for happiness, for equal rights, for freedom, for humanity, 
for the settlement of the great social questions which to-day depend upon 
a diffused education of the people up to the idea of doing right by choice 
and not by force; when I see them fighting these battles for the preserva- 
tion of our institutions all over the republic, without distinction of birth 
or color ; when I see them thus solving all problems of race and of our 
social and democratic civilization, then am I reminded of the earlier and 
the heroic days of our elder colleges; I am reminded of the days when 
Harvard trained Sam Adams to blow the trumpet of independence ; I am 
reminded of the days when Hiram and Williams equipped Garfield to fight 
and win the victories of the battle-field and the greater victories of the 
forum (applause) ; I am reminded of the days when Dartmouth sent out 
Webster, whose heart, the heart of a poor boy, had almost broken at his 
father's sacrifices to give him an education — sent out Webster to fix and 
confirm the foundations of the Constitution and the Union (applause) ; 
and remembering these things, knowing what such a college as this on 
the hills of East Tennessee means in that reclaimed section of our Union, 
knowing what it means for the republic, knowing what it means for 
humanity, knowing what in its influence it means for the future of my 
country, I say God bless it, and God put it into your hearts to help the 
Grant University of East Tennessee and give it means to do its great 
and needed work in the education of the South and thereby for the 
republic of which we are citizens. (Applause.) 


From the Letter op Gen. S. S. Burdett, Commander-in-Chief 
Gtrand Army op the Republic. 

Headquarters Grand Army op the Republic. 

Washington, D. ft, April 27, 1886. 
Hon. Morrison R. Waite, Chairman, etc.: 

Dear Sir : — I find, to my very great regret, that I shall be unable to 
be present to-night at the meeting over which you are to preside, and 
which, called on the sixty-fourth anniversary of the birth of General 
Grant, is intended, whilst giving occasion for patriotic and affectionate 
revival of memories of him and of his great work for his country, has 
also the purpose to bring into notice and helpful sympathy the educa- 
tional institution, which, planted in the South, has taken his loved name; 
and so in the fit place of your meeting proposes that this bestowal of a 
new name shall have the certificate of a public baptism. * * * 

Considered in the light only of a monument to his memory, the affix- 
ing of his name to a school of learning is a happy thought. Enduring 
memories are not such as in form of mere stone or brass run the race 
against all-destroying time. Beneficent purpose alone gives promise of 
those unfading qualities with which, for all time, we would endow the 
monuments reared to those we hold in chief honor. Mutilated images 
and nameless piles are found on all the plains and beside all the seas ; 
there is no memory of those for whom they were reared ; but, though 
the Alexandrian Library perished by the torch of the destroyer, 
Ptolemy Philadelphus lives to be named forever as its founder. A 
thousand names, great in achievement and in honors won, will have 
passed out of the shelter of our mother tongue whilst yet the founders 
and patrons for whom are called some of the colleges which constitute 
the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge are fresh of memory. In 
our own short history the diligence of search alone brings out of 
the shadows names which were great on yesterday ; but Harvard and 
Yale are household words, and with Oberlin and Cornell, and now with 
Grant, will march with steady step in the array of things to be forever 
named. It will be a great work well done, if the fitness of this day's 
occasion shall help to broaden the foundations of education and liberty ; 
and the Grand Army will not only rejoice in a work so wrought out, but 
all the more because done under a name which, to its membership, is an 
inspiration to patriotism, and seems a sure promise of the perpetuation 
of those institutions of liberty his valor and faithfulness so much helped 
to rescue from the ruin with which they were lately threatened. 

Faithfully yours, 

Commander-in-Chief G. A. R. 




This movement meets with the hearty approval of our leading states- 
men and divines, who comprehend the vast advantage of education in the 
South, as the following testimonials will show : 

United States Senate, March 5, 1886. 
To whom it may concern : 

We have learned of the recent action of the Board of Regents of the East 
Tennessee Wesleyan University, in changing the name of that institution 
to the " Grant Memorial University," thus establishing a living and durable 
monument to the name of the greatest of American soldiers. 

This institution has already accomplished a great work in training thou- 
sands of the youths of the Central South for usefulness and leadership 
among the masses. 

The importance of Grant University in the South cannot he overestimated. 

We give it our unqualified indorsement, and commend it to the favorable 
consideration of the friends of a liberal education. 

The results that have already been accomplished, the number and character 
of those who have been educated for the various occupations of life, and 
the general favor with which the school is now regarded in its patronizing 
territory, should satisfy the most critical of its merits, and command the 
respect and material aid of all patriotic citizens. 


President of the Senate. 

J. DON. CAMERON, U. S. S., Pa. WM. M. EVARTS, U. S. S., N. Y. 

HOWELL E. JACKSON, U. S. S., Term. P. B. PLUMB, TJ. S. S., Kansas. 

WARNER MILLER, U. S. S., N. Y. H. M. TELLER, U. S. S., Colorado. 

PHILETUS SAWYER, U. S. S., Wisconsin. JOHN C. SPOONER, U. S.S., Wis. 

WM. MAHONE, U. S. S., Va. GEO. F. HOAR, U. S. S., Mass. 

HENRY W. BLAIR, U.S. §., N. H. JOHN J. INGALLS, U. S. S., Kan. 



JOHN D. LONG, M. C, Mass. JOHN LITTLE, M. C, Ohio. 

E. B. TAYLOR, M. C, Ohio. WM. D. KELLEY, M. C, Pa. 


From twenty years' intimate acquaintance with the institution now called 
Grant Memorial University, and the noble work it has done and is now 
doing for the masses of our people in the Central South, we unhesitatingly 
indorse the efforts now being made for its endowment by Rev. Dr. Spence, 
its honored president, and most cordially commend Grant University to 
every patriot and friend of education as worthy of material aid. 

A. H. PETTIBONE, M. C. 1st Dist. Tenn. 
L. C. HOUK, M. C. 2d Dist. Tenn. 





U. S. Senate, Washington, D. C, February 27, 1886. 
To whom it may concern : 

I take great pleasure in commending to your most favorable consideration 
tbe Grant Memorial University, located at Athens, Tennessee. It is intended 
to fairly endow this University, and in its present condition the friends of 
education will have to assist. I hope that all who feel that such a proper 
memorial to General Grant should be made a success will help, in so far as 
they may be able, to bring about this result. 



From Rev. Bishop Andrews. 

Washington, D. C, March 11, 1886. 
I am acquainted with the history and work of the institution at Athens, 
Tennessee, now known as the Grant University, and have personally visited 
it. For many years it has been doing a most valuable work for the educa- 
tion of the Central South, and under its new auspices may be confidently 
expected to enlarge its usefulness. I commend it most cordially to the 
good-will and liberality of those who know the incalculable importance of 
wise and faithful educational work in the South. 


From Rev. Bishop Mallalieu. 

New Orleans, March 4, 1886. 
Dear Dr. Spence: — For all its history (19 years) I have known the 
institution over which you preside. In all these years it has done a grand 
work. Its beneficent influence has spread all over the South. It deserves 
the sympathy and help of all patriotic and philanthropic people. In your 
efforts to increase its funds and facilities, I wish you the greatest possible 

Ever yours, 


From Rev. Dr. Newman. 

Washington, D. C, March 22, 1886. 
My Dear Dr. Spence : — Three reasons inspire me to aid you what I can 
to endow the institution of learning whose presidency you so worthily till: 
The honored name it bears, which appeals to all American patriots ; the impor- 
tant mission it is destined to accomplish in behalf of Christian education; 
and the class of citizens it is certain to benefit in the South, whose intellectual 
elevation will contribute largely to the permanent union and prosperity of 
our country. 



Bureau of Education, Washington, D. C, March, 2, 1886. 
The movement which has resulted in the establishment of the University 
of East Tennessee, now known as Grant University, I have observed from 
the first. It has been well and wisely conducted, meeting successfully a 
special want of its constituents. The results already accomplished, the 
number and character of those who have there been educated for the various 
occupations of life, and the favor with which the University is now regarded 
by those in a wide region around, should satisfy the most critical of its 
merits. I take pleasure in commending it most unreservedly to the friends 
of education. 

Very respectfully, 



To all whom it may concern : 

I take pleasure in commending to your most favorable consideration Rev. 
Dr. Spence, President of Grant Memorial University, located at Athens, 
Tennessee, as a true and worthy Christian gentleman, who is devoting his life 
to the cause of Christian education among the whites of the Central South. 



Ex-Governor of Tennessee. 

Headquarters Grand Army of the Republic, \ 
Washington, D. C, March 2, 1886. J 

I have learned of the work and opportunities for usefulness of the Grant 
Memorial University, located in Athens, Tennessee, and believe that it is 
worthy the hearty sympathy and material aid of all patriotic citizens. The 
name under which it is henceforward to do its work, the faithfully loyal 
people among whom it is located, the influence for good and for country it 
will surely exercise, all seem to me to commend it to the comrades of him 
whose honored name it bears. 

Very truly, 


Commander-in-Chief G. A. B. 

Forfurther information, address 

President JNO. F. SPENCE, 

Athens, Tennessee.